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in Uttarakhand (also known as Uttaranchal)
state of India
is the place where the river Ganga
flowing from the Himalayas
joins the north Indian plains and forms an entrance to the various pilgrim
centers of India. �It is a place which provides Bhakti, Gyan and Mukti. It is the gateway to Hari
Vishnu. It is land
of Lord Shiva
so the people of the Shaiv community called this
And this is true, a Haridwar
is the first point in the pilgrimage to the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu at Badrinath and Lord Shiva at Kedarnath
respectively. The peace, pristine beauty and divinity of this place is not a matter of expression rather it is a matter of
The sounds of Jai Ganga Maiya, Ganga Maiya ki Jai, Ram Ram, Alakh Niranjan, Har Har Mahadev �reverberate
the banks of Mother Ganga. The chiming of bells in
temples and the Hari naam
kirtans make instant connection to the
omnipresent Supreme Lord of this Universe.�
The cool waters of Mother Ganga make the
body, mind and soul pure and worthy of God�s blessings.
is the first stop for religious scholars and intellectuals. It is the ideal
pilgrim place where people from all parts of the world come in search of
peace, divine knowledge, devotion and salvation. It is tangible proof of the
unique Bharatiya (Indian) culture. The �Matsya Puran� (200�400 BC) also
describes the greatness of Haridwar
According to the �Skanda Purana� during the religious sacrifice of
King Daksha, the father of Goddess Sati and
father-in-law of Lord Shiva, when Lord Shiva was carrying the body of Sati on
his shoulder then the navel of her destroyed body fell at this place. As a
result of this, it became a Shakti Sthal (place of divine power) and natural abode of Goddess
Sati. The temples of Maya, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi are famous in Haridwar.
considered as Mother by the Hindu, is revered and worshiped here. She is the
main attraction of Haridwar. Any person who comes
on pilgrimage to this place must take a Holy dip in this motherly river. Gods
as well as mortals pray to mother Ganga.
She is the give of Bhakti, Gyaan
and Mukti. She is the Lord in tangible form as is
said by Lord Krishna in Srimad Bhagavatgita
�Amongst rivers I am Ganga�.
In Haridwar, it is most auspious
to take a dip in the holy river Ganga at Har-ki-pauri.� There are many places of interest in Haridwar.
There are temples, ashrams
and other attractions too in Haridwar.
The major temples in Haridwar are: Daksh Mahadev Mandir,
Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Nealeshwar Temple, Tilbhandeshwar Temple, Gupteshwar
Temple, Guri-Shankar Temple, Daridra
Banjan Temple, Dukh Banjan Temple, Dandi-Kundi Soda
Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Chandi Devi,
Sureshwari Devi, Veshno Mata Temple, Vasnti Devi Temple, Vidh-Vashni Devi Temple, Bharat Mata
Temple, Pawan Dham
Temple, Bhuma Neketan
Temple, Indian Temple, Gita Mandir,
Shani Dev Temple, etc.� Haridwar is a
place where saint, ascetics and devotees of God have built dwellings called
Ashrams. The major Ashram in Haridwar
are: Shantikunj Ashram,
Prem Nagar Ashram, Saptrishi Ashram, Bhuma Neketan Ashram, Dudha Dahari Ashram, Jai Ram Ashram, Panjali
Yoga Peeth Ashram, Shankar
Ashram, Jalandhar Ashram, Bhola
Giri Ashram Etc.
attractions in Haridwar are:
Rudrakesh Tree, Rajaji National
Park, Water Park
Rishikesh is very near to Haridwar and is famous for its beautiful banks of Ganga, the hanging bridge � Laxman Jhoola and temples.
is well connected to other parts of India
by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is at a distance of 40 km at Dehradun. Regular train services are available from New
Delhi and other parts of India.
For information about train services one may visit the website of Indian
Buses ply from New Delhi
and other satellite towns surrounding Delhi.
Bus service to Haridwar is available from all major
towns of North India.
For getting information on traveling by bus one may visit the website of
states surrounding Uttarakhand.
The links are as follows:
The road distance of Haridwar
from major North Indian towns are as follows:
Links of interest
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